So I learned a huge lesson this week. I have an Alaskan Sportsman Chest Holster for my Ruger Redhawk .45 colt that I use for protection. Well last week I was floating Upper Eagle River and floated to sand bar to take a picture. I went to lean forward to grab my oars and heard a *KER-PLUNK* and a splash of glacier water on my face. To my horror my revolver had slipped out of my chest holder and fell between my legs into the river. I quickly fished for it in about a foot of water and thank the Lord above; I was able to find it. As I pulled it out, water and rock flour was just pouring everywhere out of it. I looked down at my chest holder and saw that the buckle was not clipped that secures directly over the hammer. I thought I had clipped it and secured it and didnít check it. Putting the gun back in and making sure it was secured, I went merrily, merrily down the stream. I couldnít get the gun clean right way, and had to wait a few days to start clean up on it. I had to break down everything in the pistol: the trigger guard, the hammer, remove pistol grips, cylinder, everything. Rock flour was everywhere on it. It took me about 2 hours to disassemble the gun, two hours to clean it, then another hour and a half to put it back together. Never took it apart before, so that is why it took me so long. Just for a few seconds in the river, it is amazing how much sand can get into places, and how much time it takes to clean up the mess. Learn from me folks. Make sure that strap is on tight, and check it out once in an awhile to make sure it still is doing its job.